What is a Three Block War?

Introduction The Three Block War is a concept described by US Marine Corps (USMC) General Charles Krulak in the late 1990s to illustrate the complex spectrum of challenges likely to be faced by Marines on the modern battlefield. In Krulak’s example, Marines may be required to conduct full-scale military action, peacekeeping operations and humanitarian aid… Read More

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What is a Military Operation?

Introduction A military operation is the coordinated military actions of a state, or a non-state actor, in response to a developing situation. These actions are designed as a military plan to resolve the situation in the state or actor’s favour. Operations may be of a combat or non-combat nature and may be referred to by… Read More

What is a Pincer Movement?

Introduction The pincer movement, or double envelopment, is a military manoeuvre in which forces simultaneously attack both flanks (sides) of an enemy formation. This classic manoeuvre holds an important foothold throughout the history of warfare. The pincer movement typically occurs when opposing forces advance towards the centre of an army that responds by moving its… Read More

What is a Riposte?

Introduction In fencing, a riposte (French for “retort”) is an offensive action with the intent of hitting one’s opponent made by the fencer who has just parried an attack. In military usage, a riposte is the strategic device of hitting a vulnerable point of the enemy, thereby forcing him to abandon his own attack. In… Read More

What is Cabbage Tactics?

Introduction Cabbage tactics is a militarily swarming and overwhelming tactic of seizing control of islands. It is a tactic to overwhelm and seize control of an island by surrounding and wrapping the island in successive layers of Chinese naval ships, China Coast Guard ships and fishing boats and cut-off the island from outside support. Definition… Read More

What is a Perpetual War?

Introduction Perpetual war, endless war, or a forever war, is a lasting state of war with no clear conditions that would lead to its conclusion. These wars are situations of ongoing tension that may escalate at any moment, similar to the Cold War. From the late 20th century, the concepts have been used to critique… Read More

What is Absolute War?

Introduction The concept of absolute war was a theoretical construct developed by the Prussian military theorist General Carl von Clausewitz in his famous but unfinished philosophical exploration of war, Vom Kriege (in English, On War, 1832). Refer to Perpetual War. The notion of an “absolute form of war” is very clearly derived from the new… Read More